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Snow on the way to end the weekend and start next week

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 04:22
QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Increasing clouds, snow later, high 36
  • Tonight: Wintry mix, then snow, low 23
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Morning snow showers, then cloudy and breezy, high 30
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, high 36
  • Wednesday: Cloudy, high 39
  • Thursday: Partly sunny & cold, high 26
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good morning and happy Sunday!

Winter weather advisories and winter storm warning will go into effect at noon today and carry on into Monday. This is due to heavy snow that will move in and start with a brief mixing or rain and/or sleet. Travel could be very difficult due to slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact Monday's morning commute.

It's a dry, chilly start to the morning with a mostly clear sky and temperatures in the teens. Clouds will build in through the day as low pressure moves in from the south. Temperatures will stay seasonally cool and reach a high in the mid 30s this afternoon.

A wintry mix of rain, snow and sleet will build in from south to north later this afternoon and evening. After sunset, temperatures will fall below freezing, and any rain or sleet will transition to snow. Snowfall totals will vary based on how quickly temperatures cool down, but right now it looks like the Columbus area will pickup 2-4" of snow overnight with heavier totals closer to 5" farther east of I-71 and lighter totals closer to 1" in northwest Ohio.

Snow showers will become light on Monday morning, but driving could be difficult due to slick and snow covered roads. Light snow showers will continue Monday, but we will only see another coating to half inch of fresh powder. Between flurries, there will be a noticeable chill to the air as temperatures climb to around 30 degrees, but feel even colder thanks to a northwest breeze gusting around 30 mph.

Drier, seasonally chilly conditions return Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front will move through Wednesday, which will bring in more clouds and a slight chance for showers. This will be followed by a cold end to the week.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

-Liz

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Six injured in multi-vehicle crash on I-71 southbound at Cooke Rd.

News Channel 4 - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 04:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Six people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on I-71 southbound at Cooke Rd. overnight.

The accident occurred just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning on I-71. All six people that sustained injuries in the accident were transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The road was re-opened around 6:00 a.m.

No information on the cause of the crash is known at this time.

For your latest traffic updates, click here.

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Columbus fans celebrate Bengals win

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 21:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Cincinnati Bengals' first playoff win in more than three decades may have taken place in Cincinnati, but in Columbus, fans were celebrating, too.

Fans said seeing the team make it through the first game of the playoffs has them feeling proud and hopeful for a historic run in the playoffs.

Saturday’s 26-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in the first Wild Card game has Bengals fans celebrating the team’s first playoff win in 31 years.

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“It’s very emotional,” said fan Kerry Roberts following the game. “I mean, we’ve been waiting for this moment forever.”

Roberts has been a Bengals fan since 1968, but said for the last five years, he’s been going to The Pub in Gahanna to watch his favorite team.

“Every Sunday, Columbus Bengals Nation meets at Gahanna Pub,” he said.

“We’re one of the only Bengals bars in Columbus, and everybody comes and join us and have a great time,” said fan Sean Estepp.

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“We made this a Bengals bar, pretty much,” said Columbus Bengals Nation organizer Tom Magin.

Magin said the fan group is made up of more than 400 online members and has been running for 14 years. Now, the group is finally able to celebrate its team winning a playoff game.

"I grew up in Dayton, Ohio,” he said. “I was there for the last game, and I was there for the Freezer Bowl in 1982. This is redemption for me."

The Bengals win snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak. The next stop for the Bengals is the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, with their opponent yet to be determined.

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Columbus police: Woman uses car as weapon, hits two

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 19:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- An Indiana woman is under arrest after Columbus police said she hit two people with her car, pinning one of them to the side of an east Columbus restaurant Saturday afternoon.

According to Columbus police, Tianna N. Harris, 20, of Griffin, Indiana, is charged with two counts of felonious assault following Saturday's incident.

Police said Harris and another unknown woman were confronted inside a store on the 1200 block of South Jame Road by an employee after he allegedly saw them stealing merchandise. The employee, a 19-year-old man, and Harris allegedly continued arguing outside the building, with the man trying to record Harris' vehicle information to turn over to police.

Columbus police: Man, 70, assaulted for walking too close to child

Police said Harris got into her car and attempted to run down the store's employees, with police saying the man's video allegedly shows Harris purposefully driving her vehicle at the workers trying to hit them. Police said Harris hit a 37-year-old woman with the car.

Harris then fled the scene, with the man running after her car in an attempt to record her vehicle registration, police said.

In video provided to police, the man is seen a short time later walking in front of TAT Ristorante Di Famiglia on the same block as the store when Harris allegedly began driving straight for the man, hitting him. Police said Harris continued driving onto the sidewalk and through the front of the restaurant, pinning the man between the car and the restaurant.

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Harris and her unidentified passenger then fled from the vehicle, police said. Harris was caught approximately half a mile away.

Both victims were taken to Grant Medical Center and are expected to recover from their injuries.

Harris is being held in Franklin County Jail.

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources holding winter hike challenge

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 15:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting the Ohio State Parks 2022 Winter Hike Challenge.

The hikes will take place at state parks in three different regions across the state, between now and March 1. The hikes can be guided or self-explored.

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To complete the challenge, download the DETOUR Ohio Trails App, available at detour.ohiodnr.gov or in the Apple app or Google Play store.

The first 500 adventurers to complete the challenge will receive a free limited-edition Ohio State Parks Winter Hiker sticker.

For more information, click here.

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Commission to set Columbus mayor, council salaries

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 15:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- How much should Columbus' elected officials be paid? A group of five residents is scheduled to begin discussing the matter this week.

The City of Columbus' Citizens' Commission on Elected Official Compensation is set to hold its first meeting in four years this Wednesday, and the public is invited to participate.

The commission is charged with reviewing and recommending the salaries for every elective officer of the city, including the mayor, city council members, the auditor, and the city attorney.

Columbus police: Man, 70, assaulted for walking too close to child

Salary recommendations made by the commission will include an annual cost of living raise.

Voters approved the commission in 2014, and the commission, which makes recommendations every four years, last met in 2018.

The commission members, selected by the mayor and city council, are:

  • Michael Kasler, chairperson
  • Fred Ransier
  • Keisha Jenkins
  • Sarah Ingles
  • Qiana Williams

The commission's meeting will be held in city council's chambers at Columbus City Hall Wednesday, Jan. 19, starting at 10 a.m. Anyone who cannot or wishes not to attend the meeting in person can participate remotely via Facebook or YouTube.

For more on the commission, click here.

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Columbus police: Man, 70, assaulted for walking too close to child

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 13:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- A 70-year-old man was assaulted inside a business Wednesday after Columbus police said the suspect thought the man walked too close to a child.

On Jan. 12, the victim was leaving a business on the 800 block of North Cassady Avenue at approximately 6:55 p.m.

As he was walking out of the store, the suspect accused the man of walking too close to a child who was accompanying the suspect, police said.

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As the victim left the store, the suspect followed him outside and struck the victim in the head with a closed fist, police said. The suspect continued to hit the man, knocking him to the ground and continuing to hit him, police said.

Police said the suspect drove up in a white Dodge Avenger with a dark stripe on the hood and one on the passenger side rear quarter panel. The car also appeared to have a broken driver's side window with a dark bag of some sort covering it.

Surveillance photos of the suspect, a woman police called a witness, and the child are below.

  • Suspect wanted in an assault outside an east Columbus store on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • The suspect, right, a woman police called a witness, left, and a child associated with an assault that took place outside an east Columbus store on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • The suspect, right, a woman police called a witness, left, and a child associated with an assault that took place outside an east Columbus store on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • A woman police called a witness, left, and a child associated with an assault that took place outside an east Columbus store on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • A woman police called a witness, left, and a child associated with an assault that took place outside an east Columbus store on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • The vehicle Columbus police said was associated with an assault outside an east Columbus shot on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • The vehicle Columbus police said was associated with an assault outside an east Columbus shot on Jan. 12, 2022.
  • The vehicle Columbus police said was associated with an assault outside an east Columbus shot on Jan. 12, 2022.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-1435 or email zrosen@columbuspolice.org.

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OhioHealth: Pay system back up this week

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 12:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The timekeeping system employed by OhioHealth which was the victim of a ransomware attack, causing many employees to miss pay, is expected to be back up and running early this week.

In a statement sent to NBC4, OhioHealth said it received notification from the system, Kronos, that it would be back online soon.

"We have communicated that we expect to be back online with Kronos early next week, which will help ensure accurate pay moving forward, and allow our Human Resources and Payroll teams more time to focus on continuing to resolve any pay discrepancies that resulted from being without a sophisticated timekeeping solution," OhioHealth wrote in the statement Friday.

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OhioHealth is one of about 27,000 employers that rely on the Ultimate Kronos Group for its human resources systems. Kronos announced last month that it had been hit by a ransomware attack, leaving its clients to find alternative solutions to pay workers.

An internal email from OhioHealth dated Dec. 16 said the payroll department at that time had received roughly 6,000 payroll corrections from employees.

The timekeeping outage has caused several OhioHealth hourly employees to be paid less than they normally would, with OhioHealth saying it would have a resolution to those pay discrepancies for the impacted employees by the end of January.

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Franklin County Deputy Terrance Bateman dies after COVID-19 complications

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 11:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office announced that Deputy Terrance Bateman died Saturday due to complications from COVID-19.

Bateman served as part of the FCSO for 25-years in the Corrections Division.

The FCSO posted this statement on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon:

"The FCSO is mourning the loss of Deputy Terrance Bateman who passed away Saturday due to complications from COVID. Deputy Bateman faithfully served the people of Franklin County for 25-years in the FCSO Corrections Division. Some of his closest colleagues said “Mr. B” never missed an opportunity to say a kind word….he was simply loved.” We ask that you please keep Deputy Bateman’s family, loved ones, and his Sheriff’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Deputy Bateman, we will honor your memory. We will follow your example. We will never forget."

Franklin County Sheriff's Office
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Coronavirus in Ohio Saturday update: ODH backlog results in 50K cases reported

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 11:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health has released the latest numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The ODH announced that cases for the next several days will be inflated due to a processing lag caused by the unprecedented number of cases reported. There was also a processing enhancement implemented Thursday, according to the ODH, that will expand Ohio’s capacity to process a higher volume of lab results.

“As COVID-19 cases have reached all-time highs, driven largely by the highly contagious Omicron variant, the system reached its processing capacity, resulting in a multiple-day backlog of tens of thousands of results. In addition, there are some positive test results that involve a further manual review by state epidemiologists,” the ODH stated in a release.

Numbers as of Saturday, Jan. 15 follow:

TotalChangeNew cases2,357,990+50,299Hospitalizations102,004+345ICU admissions12,266+39Deaths*30,922N/A*–Deaths are updated twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays

The 21-day case average is above 21,200.

Watching for a late weekend winter storm

The department reported 7,853 people started the vaccination process, bringing the total to 7,100,309, which is 60.74% of the state’s population. And 23,412 received booster shots.

The Ohio Hospital Association reported the following numbers related to COVID-19 patients:

Hospitalized patients
with COVID-19

No.Percent of
total beds
Percent of total
beds availableTotal6,28925.5%16.2%In ICU1,22427.71%15.33%On ventilator86217.3%59.8%

The White House announced the federal website to request free COVID-19 tests opens Jan. 19. Business owners in central Ohio are feeling a bit of relief after the CDC changed the recommendations on quarantine and isolation times for positive COVID-19 cases. Health officials are encouraging Americans to wear N95 or KN95 masks with supply shortage concerns removed.

Go to this website for the current quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

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Cold weekend, snow arrives later Sunday

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 10:30
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY COLUMBUS AREA WINTER STORM WARNING EAST OF I-71 CORRIDOR

High pressure in the Northeast brought sunshine and a cold northerly flow. Aside from some high, thin clouds, skies will be mainly clear overnight, with temperatures plummeting into the teens.

A storm developing along the Gulf Coast will turn northeast Sunday along the Eastern Seaboard, with a weaker reflection moving across the Cumberland Plateau and southern West Virginia.

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Snow and a wintry mix will spread north across the Ohio River into southeast Ohio Sunday afternoon, and reach the I-71 corridor in central Ohio in the evening. Little accumulation will occur initially, but snow will accumulate quickly Sunday night, with a wintry mix becoming all snow in the southeastern part of the state.

Accumulations will range from a light coating northwest of Columbus to several inches over eastern parts of the metro area. Eastern Ohio will experience a significant snowstorm lingering into Monday morning, with totals of 4 to 8 inches. Increasing winds late Sunday night will cause travel conditions to deteriorate quickly.

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Monday will be windy and cold with lake-effect snow showers and temperatures in the 20s. Low pressure will move off into the Canadian Maritimes by Tuesday, as high pressure brings fair and seasonably chilly conditions.

A cold front will cross the state later Wednesday with a shower possible, followed by colder weather later in the workweek.

FORECAST

Tonight: Mainly clear, cold. Low 17
Sunday: Increasing clouds, snow late. High 37
Martin Luther King Day: Snow showers, blustery, cold. High 28 (23)
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 34 (22)
Wednesday: Mainly cloudy, shower possible. High 39 (29)
Thursday: Partly sunny, colder. High 27 (19)
Friday: Sunshine. High 26 (13)

For the latest weather information:

Stay connected to the latest forecast for central Ohio by watching NBC4, checking NBC4i.com/weather or downloading the free Storm Team 4 Mobile Weather app on your smartphone or tablet.

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One dead and one injured in boating accident at Alum Creek Lake

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 05:50

DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) -- One person has died and another injured after a boating accident early Saturday morning at Alum Creek State Park near Delaware.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed its investigating the accident and said four people were duck hunting on the west side of the lake before the boat started taking on water.

ODNR said two boaters were injured and transported to local hospitals.

ODNR confirmed one of the two people injured was pronounced dead.

No other information is known at this time.

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Three people arrested after multiple drugs found in Portsmouth raid

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 05:04

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Three people have been arrested after a drug raid conducted by Scioto County police in Portsmouth.

The Southern Ohio Drug Task Force reported they conducted an early morning raid on Egbert Rd where detectives discovered fentanyl, meth, marijuana, two guns, digital scales, gabapentin, liquid methadone, and over $3,000.

Police say they arrested 56-year-old Rockie Johnson, 65-year-old Beverly Charles, and 38-year-old Christina Barnes who have been charged with multiple counts of drug and weapons possession.

All three will be arraigned on Tuesday at Portsmouth Municipal Court.

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Chilly start to the weekend ahead of snow

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 03:27
QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:
  • Today: Decreasing clouds, chilly, high 30
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, low 16
  • Sunday: Mixed clouds, snow later, high 35
  • Monday: Chance snow showers, high 31
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, high 36
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, high 39
FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good morning and happy Saturday!

It's a chilly start to the weekend ahead of a snowy finish.

With high pressure to the north, we'll continue to see mixed clouds through the day. Temperatures will only climb from mid 20s this morning to around 30 degrees this afternoon.

Overnight, we'll stay under a partly cloudy sky and hold on to a chilly northeast breeze. With this combination in place, temperatures will drop into the teeny by Sunday morning.

Sunday, clouds will increase as an area of low pressure build in to the south. As the low takes a turn from the norther gulf states toward the mid Atlantic, showers will build in from the south.

As moisture continues to build in from the south, temperatures will continue to drop Sunday evening and showers will transition to snow. Sunday night, we will pick up around 1-3" of snowfall in the Columbus area. Snowfall totals will be higher, around 4-6", to the southeast of I-71, and lighter, closer to 1-2", northwest of I-71.

Snow showers will continue Monday as another system sweeps through. Additional snowfall totals will be limited to only about 1/2".

Dry, cloudy and seasonally cool temperatures take over on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days highs will work their way into the upper 30s.

Another cold front will move through on Wednesday. This will bring in more clouds and cold temperatures for the end of the week. Showers will arrive around 3 p.m., and with temperatures in the mid 30s, will start as a wintry mix.

Have a great day!

-Liz

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Hundreds of couples planning dream day at the Columbus wedding show

News Channel 4 - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 03:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) -- Hundreds of people were seen at the Columbus Wedding Show, presented by Worthington Jewelers Saturday, and people still have a chance to get some tickets for Sunday.

It's an event many central Ohioans look forward to each year. This year, it's holding an extra special space as the pandemic forced a lot of those wedding plans to be postponed.

Wedding experts said they have estimated about 2.5 million weddings in 2022, the most they have seen in one year since the early 1980s.

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Guests can expect more than 125 wedding companies at the Ohio Expo Center in Kasich Hall. There will be food samples, wedding bands, dresses, bridesmaid dresses, photographers -- all things wedding-related.

"There are lots of spots filling up fast. So, we are definitely encouraging people to be flexible, think about maybe Friday or Sunday weddings. Get creative with your dates and of course, 2023 is going to be a big year as well," said Emma Henterly, spokesperson for Columbus Wedding Show.

Location: Kasich Hall at the Ohio State Fairgrounds

Hours: 11 am – 5 pm

Price: $15 at the door; Kids 17 and under are free. Military, Healthcare, First Responders, and Teachers are free at the door with ID credentials. Plus, discounts for couples and a 4-pack for squads.

For tickets, click here.

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Teays Valley Schools returns to masking

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 19:52

ASHVILLE, Ohio (WCMH)--Teays Valley Schools will require all students and staff to wear masks starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. The announcement came via a district's social media account.

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Attn parents/guardians! As we have progressed through the week, our COVID-19 cases have continued to increase. In an effort to keep our students/staff in school, we will require masks for all students/staff starting Tues, Jan 18. We will reevaluate our data the first week of Feb.

— Teays Valley Schools (@TV_Vikes) January 14, 2022

The reason was that COVID-19 cases continually increased throughout the past week. The Ohio Health Department reported more than 41,000 new cases on Friday.

You can read the CDC's latest guidelines here. Among them, quarantine for five days after testing positive.

The school district will reevaluate the situation during the first week of February.

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Joe Burrow's parents talk about the playoffs

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 16:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--NBC4's Dan Pearlman spoke with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s parents, Jimmy and Robin Burrow, ahead of Saturday’s wild-card game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The game can be seen on NBC4, at 4:30.

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High school students start self-defense project

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 16:07

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (WCMH)--Three high school seniors want every student in Ohio to learn self-defense skills, and they’re turning their idea into action.

“When you learn how to protect yourself and how to defend yourself, you feel more prepared," said Vaidehi Patel, one of the Olentangy High School students who started what they call The Empowerment Project. "It keeps you calm, it keeps you collected, and most importantly, it boosts your confidence.”

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The Empowerment Project started as an idea during the girls' junior year, for an assignment in their marketing class through the school's Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) program.

”We were just bouncing ideas off of each other, thinking about what to do our project on. At that time, I worked at the mall. And I remember I’d go to my car, alone,” Patel said. "I remember being scared because I was alone, it was dark out, and most importantly, I felt that I wouldn’t be able to defend myself if someone came up to me and tried to attack me.”

Patel told classmates Sydney Shultz and Abby Purdy about it.

“They were a bit wary at first, but then they realized they felt the same way,” Patel said.

“I just always have a fear of being by myself and going places by myself because you don’t know what could happen,” Shultz said.

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“As women, all across the board… We have these instinctive fears and we just wanted to let people be more confident and empowered,” said Purdy, who reached out to NBC4 Investigates about The Empowerment Project after seeing previous reporting on rapes at The Ohio State University, and the university's measures to prevent sexual violence.

The students surveyed the entire school and said they were surprised by the results.

"We found that one-third of our females in the school thought that the self-defense class would empower them to feel safer,” Purdy said.

"Fifty percent of female students … all had stated a fear of kidnapping, sexual assault, or like rape," Shultz added. "Our main goal for the project is to get the self-defense curriculum standards added to the Ohio Department of Education within a health class.”

The girls are using their own community as a launching pad. They’ve spoken with school administrators, Olentangy Schools district administrators, and their school resource officer, Dep. James Mox.

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“The more people that we can teach and to build confidence so they walk taller, walk with more encouragement in daily life to help move down the line and to be safer through the world, would be great,” Mox said, telling NBC4 that he fully supports the efforts of The Empowerment Project.

After the students approached Mox in September, he and other Delaware County deputies hosted self-defense classes outside of school hours.

“They loved it," Mox said. "The young ladies and men came to us and said, 'Hey, we definitely need to do a more in-depth class."

The Olentangy Schools is listening, too.

"Olentangy Schools supports the student voice in curriculum and encourages students to take advantage of valuable learning experiences in programs like DECA. (The students') focus on personal safety has provided opportunities that engage and benefit her peers while teaching leadership skills and entrepreneurship experience," said a statement emailed to NBC4 by district officials.

A district spokesperson said that while changing the curriculum is a long and complex process, the district is in the early stages of discussions over how to include self-defense lessons.

“I thought that this was going to be an issue that was just going to be pushed to the side, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how willing everyone is to like step in and help out, and be like, 'This is something we believe is important,'” Purdy said.

For Shultz, Purdy, and Patel, The Empowerment Project has become a learning experience that transcends the walls of a classroom or the four years of high school.

"You can’t think small, and we have to go big with this," Purdy said. "Because it’s not just a community issue. It’s a world issue.”

From her experience, Patel offered her advice to other young people: "Talk to your school. Talk to your community, and see what you can do. There will always be opportunities for you to do something."

The girls are currently collecting signatures on a change.org petition for Ohio lawmakers, calling on them to make self-defense a required part of the high school curriculum.

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Prosecutor considers dropping some murder charges for Husel

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 16:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)--Prosecutors may be considering the dismissal of some of the murder charges against Dr. William Husel.

A staff attorney for Franklin County Judge Michael Holbrook confirmed the prosecutor's office has said they need to set aside time for a hearing on that subject. However, no date has been set.

Husel's attorney asked for charges to be dismissed in December.

Husel's trial is scheduled to start on February 14. The former Mount Carmel doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder for allegedly administering potentially lethal doses of painkillers and other drugs to patients.

We reached out to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office and they said they did not have a comment.

You can follow the investigation at NBC4i.com.

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New tech plant coming yields mixed reactions

News Channel 4 - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 15:15

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WCMH)--Speculation has increased since Thursday night when NBC4 first reported a large manufacture of computer chips will build a plant in a newly annexed portion of New Albany.

"I'm glad you stopped by because there's been whispers so to speak but nothing concrete," Mike Sides said.

Sides lives in the 3,200-acre portion of land that New Albany annexed from Jersey Township last week.

JobsOhio and Governor DeWine's office declined to comment on the potential plant.

A spokesperson for New Albany sent NBC4 a statement:

"What City Council approved last week was an annexation agreement that defined an area that can potentially be annexed and spelled out a financial arrangement between the city and township should annexation occur in the future. Anything beyond that is speculation."

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NBC4's partners at Columbus Business First have reported that the company behind the project is Intel, and it could be worth billions of dollars. Intel also declined to comment on our reporting.

Senator Sherrod Brown toured Ohio State's COVID testing facility at CAS Friday, and would not elaborate on the news.

"I'm not at liberty to talk about the company and any decision they make, any announcement they make is their's to make," Senator Brown said.

Brown added that if the reports of the project were true, it would be a big deal.

"We do not make nearly enough chips in this country. We used to make a preponderance of the world's chips. Now we make a small minority of the world's chips and it matters in healthcare, in matters in the production of cars, it matters in darn near everything," Sen. Brown said. "Any potential announcement here could be terrific news, both for the country as we become more competitive and could be, obviously, especially terrific news for central Ohio."

Sides said he's not as excited.

"I'm not shocked. I'm not happy about it because I don't want to live around all of that. But you know if it happens, or it sounds like it will happen, we'll probably speed up our process of looking for houses. It's hard to find houses right now. Easy to sell but hard to find houses," Sides said. " I'm not thrilled about it. I'm really disappointed in the fact that no one knew about it, they didn't talk to the landowners. Seems like something they just went and did it and figured that everybody's maybe going to be happy it about cause they can get more for their property. But I'm not happy about that."

A source close to the project told NBC4 an official announcement is expected next week.

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